Darius Henderson hopes to prove to Millwall have made a mistake letting him join Forest
DARIUS Henderson hopes to prove to Millwall that they have made a mistake letting him leave.
The striker says he is delighted to have joined Nottingham Forest.
But he was disappointed that his performances at the New Den did not secure him the offer of a new contract in London.
The 31-year-old moved to Forest on a free transfer, after it become clear his Millwall deal, which was set to expire at the end of the season, would not be renewed.
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"I am very pleased to be here, it is a great club. We are in a strong position and we want to push for a top-six position," said Henderson. "We want to be pushing for promotion.
"The gaffer at Millwall told me Forest were interested and that there would not be a contract there for me (at Millwall).
"He told me I could come and talk to Forest and now, here I am.
"I thought I had done well, my goal record there was good.
"In terms of performance and goal ratio, I thought there might be a contract there for me.
"But there wasn't. Now I am delighted to come to a fantastic club like Forest.
"Comparing the two teams is difficult, because we are neck and neck in the league.
"But I am very positive about joining Forest. Hopefully we can get a few wins under our belts and surge up the table."
Henderson, a powerful, physical player, hopes he can add a fresh dynamic to a front-line that already includes Billy Sharp, Dexter Blackstock and Simon Cox.
"There is a physical side to my game," he said. "Hopefully the blend of forwards will work well for us.
"Hopefully all of us can contribute something and we can lead Forest to plenty of wins.
"Coming here and making your debut at the City Ground would be fantastic. But with Watford coming, it is going to be a difficult afternoon."
Henderson already knows one or two of the Forest players – and hopes that will help him settle into the team quickly.
"I knew a few of the players before, so that has helped. My short-term aim is to get into the side," he said. "There are some great strikers here but I hope I can get into the team and score the goals that are needed.
"it is a challenge that I am looking forward to."